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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

8:00AM Registration & morning refreshments
8:55AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Paul Briggs, Partner, Bird & Bird
9:00AM How strong are the fundamentals of Middle Eastern aviation?
  • How Avolon sees the macro ME economy and implications for the airline sector
  • The widebody dilemma – decreasing demand (over-ordering), order switching, exiting from older units
  • The emerging role of Istanbul as a new ‘hub’ to compete against DXB
  • Geopolitics and more specifically Aeropolitics in the region
Lynn Guiney, Head of EMEA, Avolon
9:30AM Will DAE Capital continue to tap the aircraft ABS market in 2019?
  • Given the successful issuance from DAE managed Kestrel 2019 Aircraft Funding, what factors are attracting DAE to the ABS market?
  • Which other structures are DAE looking at as it continues to build its managed aircraft portfolio?
  • In light of receiving an investment grade corporate credit rating in 2018, can we expect more unsecured issuances in 2019?
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd
9:50AM Questions still loom over the region's widebody backlog
  • Over half of the global blacklog for the A380 still resides in the Middle East, what is the future of this aircraft program?
  • With the first A380’s to come off lease being parted out, how much confidence do lessors in the region have in their ability to remarket this aircraft in the future?
  • Which financing structures make sense to fund these deals?
Rob Watts, VP Advisory, ACC Aviation
Marian Pistik, Head of Asset Management, International Airfinance Corporation
Neal McElvaney, Senior Vice President Commercial, MAC, GECAS
Sasha Yusufali, Vice President Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital
Russ Hubbard, Director - Aircraft Remarketing, Air Partner
10:30AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11:00AM Will the Middle Eastern economy support growth in aviation?
  • How closely has the Middle Eastern economy correlated with airline performance in 2018/19?
  • What impact, if any, have external political events had on the industry in the Middle East?
  • What direction will Middle Eastern aviation be heading towards throughout 2019?
Peter Morris, Chief Economist, Flight Ascend Consultancy
11:30AM The outlook for Islamic Financing to the region’s carriers & lessors
  • With Natixis & Noordbank closing their recent aviation asset backed Sukuk with Abu Dhabi Global Markets, what role do we expect this bespoke financing to play in the region moving forward?
  • What impact can we expect to have increased capital from the Middle East to have on the wider aviation finance market?
  • Can we expect the amount of Islamic Finance deals to increase in the year to come?
Animesh Jain, Senior Vice President, Novus Aviation Capital
Michael Nissyrios, Vice President Financing, Emirates Airline
Benedicte Bedaine-Renault, Head of Aviation Finance EMEA, Natixis
12:10PM Air Arabia continue route expansion strategy
  • How will Air Arabia’s fleet financing and renewal strategies change in accordance with recent route expansion across the Middle East and Africa?
  • In Q4 2018, Air Arabia posted a strong profit of AED 26 million, what strategies will the airline employ to continue this trend?
  • Which aircraft types are likely to make up Air Arabia’s fleet in the coming years?
Adel Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia
12:40PM Networking lunch
2:20PM Saudi Arabian airlines continue to evolve
  • Will we see the demand for widebody aircraft from Saudi airlines grow and how well positioned are they to take on extra capacity?
  • Which financing solutions have we seen being utilised in Saudi Arabia?
  • How strong is the appetite from Saudi financiers & investors for aviation?
Ismail Karimi, Chief Finance & Administration Officer, SaudiGulf Airlines
2:50PM How great is the appetite of local financiers for aviation paper and metal?
  • What needs to happen to bring more local financiers to the table?
  • What opportunities are there for financiers who wish to deploy capital into aviation outside of the ME3?
  • Which financing structures work in the Middle East and what innovations have we seen in this regard?
Munawar Noorani, Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Aviation, Citi
Marc Bourgade, Chief Executive Officer, Flying Solutions
Kashif Raza, Head of Capital Markets & Distribution, ADIB - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
3:30PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
4:00PM Can the UAE be a global player in the used aircraft market?
  • Outlook for the secondary market in the UAE
  • How big is the market?
  • Who are the local players? Are more needed?
Russ Hubbard, Director - Aircraft Remarketing, Air Partner
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
4:30PM Chairperson's closing remarks
4:45PM Open drinks reception

Day 2: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

8:00AM Morning refreshments & networking
9:00AM Chairperson's opening remarks
9:05AM Outlook for oil prices
  • After enjoying a slow and steady climb for much of 2018 – oil prices have dropped nearly 27% since October 1st, what caused this shift?
  • Do we expect oil pricing to recover in 2019?
  • What impact has this had on Middle Eastern carriers?
Robert Kokonis, President & Managing Partner / Affiliate, ICF Aviation, AirTrav Inc.
9:35AM New engine technology developments
  • What impact have engine delivery challenges had in the Middle East?
  • What innovations are engine OEMs providing in engine technology?
Christophe Poulain, Senior Vice President Commercial Strategy & Marketing, CFM
9:55AM Is the region's airline performance a cause for concern for financiers?
  • With some of the ME3 announcing cut profits in the first half of 2019, what is the broad outlook for Middle Eastern airlines amongst the financial community?
  • What role can innovative financing solutions play in helping financiers deploy capital more effectively
  • How strong is the appetite to fund smaller Middle Eastern airlines outside of the ME3?
Angelina Valavina, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings
Will McCallum, Managing Director, Aviation Finance, Standard Chartered
Polis D Polycarpou, Managing Consultant, PA (Nyras) Consulting Group
10:35AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11:15AM Opportunities & challenges in investing in the UAE
  • What differentiates the UAE from other financial centres in the Gulf?
  • Which regulatory measures should investors be aware of and how can they generate significant ROI?
  • How strong are the local finance markets & what challenges have issuers seen in this region?
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
Tariq Ghalaita, Director - Business Development, Dubai South
Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director - Head of Asset & Project Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Farrell Sheridan, Head of Strategic Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market
Shyamal Jeewoolall, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
11:45AM UAE helicopter leasing: A view after 25 years in the region
Dr Mark J Pierotti, Director, Abu Dhabi Aviation
12:30PM Networking lunch and end of conference